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"Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" Film Screening and Panel Discussion


An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio, to ʼ70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room — Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. Featuring interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel “Beloved” into a feature film.

A screening of the film to be followed by a discussion with:

  • Tommy Walker, Film Producer
  • Johanna Giebelhaus, Film Producer and Editor
  • Sue Houchins, PhD, Associate Professor of Africana, Bates College

View the film trailer:

Find information about the related exploration of Toni Morrison's writings:


Alicia Peters

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am theatrical one sheet
5:00 PM
Danielle Ripich Commons Living Room

Biddeford Campus

Event canceled

Free and open to the public

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